Healthy Happy Meals with toys steer kids from junk food
McDonald's and other fast-food chains include promotional toys with their children's meals, and a new Canadian study has found offering playthings with healthy alternatives may be one way to cut the amount of foods they eat that contain more fat and salt. (Associated Press)
National youth survey reveals cigarette, cigarillo and little cigar use
The latest national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) reveals that in the 2010/2011 school year, 93,870 fewer Canadian youth (Grades 6-12)smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days compared with 2008/2009 data, representing a 2 per cent decline for students in Grades 6-9 (from 7 per cent to 5 per cent) and a 4.5 per cent decline for students in Grades 10-12 (from 21 per cent to 16 per cent).
Help to Quit Smoking? We have an app for that
With today's official launch of the mobile app, "Crush the Crave," University of Waterloo researchers fuse scientific evidence with innovative technology to help young Canadians quit smoking.
Barb Riley named new Executive Director at Propel
On October 31, 2011, Susan Elliott, Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences and George Dixon, Vice-President of Research at the University of Waterloo, announced the appointment of Barb Riley as Propel’s new Executive Director.
Survey finds more young men using smokeless tobacco
The Youth Smoking Survey examined the use of smokeless tobacco (chewing tobacco and snuff) by youth between 2004 and 2008. They found that in Canada, young men are the prime users of smokeless tobacco, with the highest use being in western provinces and the lowest in Quebec.
Ready for Smoke-Free Housing
On April 1st, 2010, Waterloo Region Housing became the first community-housing landlord in the province to implement a smoke-free policy on all new leases. Propel scientist Ryan Kennedy has created a video to encourage other communities to enact similar smoke-free policies in multi-unit dwellings.
Celebrating World No Tobacco Day - May 31
This year, the observance of World No Tobacco Day shines a light on the World Heath Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Through its work with the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), Propel supports research around the globe to advance the aims of the FCTC.
Propel study highlights need for culturally-appropriate smoking prevention policies for Aboriginal youth
Aboriginal youth living off-reserve in Canada use tobacco, alcohol and drugs significantly more than non-Aboriginal youth and have higher health risks, according to a study conducted by Propel researchers and affiliates.
Support growing for smoke-free spaces
Second-hand smoke causes the deaths of at least 800 non-smokers in Canada each year, according to Health Canada estimates. As part of his work to support smoke-free communities, Propel Scientist Ryan Kennedy has released two reports on the Region of Waterloo’s new smoke-free housing policy.
New edition of Tobacco Use Patterns and Trends report available
The second annual Tobacco Use in Canada: Patterns and Trends report has been released, updating the previous edition with current data. The report pulls together existing data to create a “big picture” overview of tobacco use patterns and trends in Canada.
Geoff Fong on The National
Geoff Fong, one of Propel’s affiliated scientists, was interviewed for The National regarding the US-proposed tobacco warning labels and lack of new labels in Canada. The CBC news story aired November 10.
Smoke Free Outdoors: The Woodstock Story
In 2008, the City of Woodstock, enacted a comprehensive outdoor smoking by-law that restricted or banned smoking in parks..
Youth survey finds levels of cigarillo use persist...
The results of the latest national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) indicate that youth are not seeing cigarillos as harmful as cigarettes, supporting the need for impending Bill C-32.
Provincial Government Funds New Student Health Survey
The provincial results of a student health survey were released today and new school health grants will be available for schools, says Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Doug Currie.
Youth health project wins share of $15.5-million disease initiative
A coalition of organizations convened by the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo announced today it has received funding of $2.4 million from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer for an initiative targeting youth health.
New report on tobacco use
A collection of patterns and trends on tobacco use in Canada compiled by the new Propel Centre for Population Health Impact will help policy leaders and advocates...
Smoking researchers win health award
A trio of UW researchers are among the eight winners of the first Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Awards...
Senior Scientist elected
... North American Quitline Consortium have elected Sharon Campbell, a Senior Scientist with Propel, to the organization's Board of Directors..
Executive Director recognized for research excellence
... our Centre's Executive Director, Roy Cameron, was awarded the 2009 Honourary Life Membership Award. Roy was recognized by CPHA for exceptional excellence ...
PhD Student honoured
... PhD student Erin Hobin was awarded the Best Poster Presentation in the Health, Life & Environment theme area ...
Honours student places first in poster competition
Wiworn (Peter) Sae Yang received first place in the student poster competition...
Senior Scientist, Sharon Campbell, receives Oral Health Promotion Award
...Propel scientist Sharon Campbell was presented with the CDA's Oral Health Promotion Award in recognition of her contribution to the prevention of tobacco related oral diseases and disorders...
UW researcher worried that youth survey finds smoking rates may have flatlined
...results of the latest national Youth Smoking Survey (YSS) reveal that the percentage of young people who have tried a tobacco product has stopped declining...
Executive Director is one of UW's newest University Professors
Roy Cameron of health studies and gerontology and Flora Ng of chemical engineering are UW's two newest University Professors...
Report to the Community now available
...the first annual Report to the Community, intended to provide a brief update on the work and progress of the Centre. It provides an overview of our work and accomplishments...
Executive Director Roy Cameron receives Diamond Jubilee Award from National Cancer Institute of Canada
Roy Cameron, Executive Director, Propel, received a Diamond Jubilee Award from the National Cancer Institute of Canada...
National Survey of youth smoking behaviour is underway
June 13, 2006, Waterloo, ON - In the fall and winter of 2006-2007, over 320 schools from 10
provinces are being invited to help Health Canada track changes in the attitudes and behaviour of
Canadian children and adolescents regarding tobacco use.